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A view from the Old Post Office Tower

Post by Carol W » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:39 pm

On a recent trip to Washington, DC, I had the opportunity to visit the Old Post Office Tower on Pennsylvania Ave. Photography is difficult because the open area at the top is enclosed with either closely spaced steel cables or smudgy plexiglass. You can't hold your camera out to improve the perspective and it is hard to defeat the visibility of the steel cables. This shot is the one I like best from this adventure. Comments and suggestions are welcome. I probably won't have the opportunity to re-shoot but you never know when there will be a different opportunity.
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A view of rooftop gardens from the top of the tower.

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Post by LindaShorey » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:55 pm

This image has so much going for it, Carol. First, the geometry and varying heights of the buildings and all the shapes and lines from the windows and so forth. Then, the contrast between bits of green oasis and the cold concrete structures. And one more neat surprise: the tiny people striding past on the sidewalk. I think it's a wonderful shot!

I wonder if directing our attention to the people and sidewalk by a bit of lightening the area would add anything, or if it's best to let us just discover them as we work our way down :)
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Post by Carol W » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:05 pm

Thank you, Linda, and you're right that the people don't initially attract much attention. When I shot it and also when processing, I knew it was very important to keep them in the shot for scale. I find my eyes sliding down to that corner after a few seconds but that may be because I know they are there.

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Post by Bob Yankle » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:35 pm

The vertical drop almost takes one's breath away. The off-kilter alignment allows for capturing a wealth of real estate.

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Post by Carol W » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:50 pm

I'm glad you like it, Bob. The constraints at the top of the tower really made it difficult to get a shot like this. If it had been easy, I might have missed the impact of this perspective!

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Post by Psjunkie » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:30 pm

Nothing to not like about this image Carol W....the lighting gives a lot of impact for me.

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Post by Carol W » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:09 pm

Thank you! I was lucky that everything worked out as it did. It was fairly early in the morning which I think helped the mood.

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Post by Duck » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:28 pm

Altho the field of view feels a little constricted (side to side) I personally like this image. It's a perspective you don't see too often. As for the people in the corner... I view it as a nice little payoff after wending your way down the facade of the building, taking in all the little details. Speaking of details, I love those little patches of nature on the rooftops.

This would make a killer jigsaw puzzle, by the way.
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Post by Carol W » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:13 pm

I really like the jigsaw puzzle idea! I had a vision of sorts as to what I wanted when I shot this and it turned out better than I expected. The conditions were not very friendly. I was also a little concerned about the perspective but decided I liked it.

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Post by Charles Haacker » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:26 am

I think its masterful, especially considering overcoming the challenge(s). The two tiny figures walking beneath the marquee provide perfect scale. Did you wait for them?
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